Worlds Apart | Worlds Reframed: Images & Voices of the Queer Diaspora - Denver David Robinson, with Babirye Leilah
Worlds Apart | Worlds Reframed: Images & Voices of the Queer Diaspora is an exhibition of photographs, writings, video, and recorded interviews on the experiences of queer displacement. Begun in 2015, this project contrasts how the lives of LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers develop in their countries of resettlement. What is it like to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, gender nonconforming—and, in most cases, a person of color—and a foreigner in the West, where even native LGBTQ persons must often still strive for acceptance and equality? This work seeks to empower and amplify the voices of individuals who are too often obscured or limited by labels like refugee, asylum seeker, and victim. In Worlds Apart | Worlds Reframed collaborators determine how their narrative and portraits are presented. Participants who are creatives/artists are further invited to submit examples of their own work to complement project photography and narrative art pieces. An opening reception, as well as a pop-up exhibition and artist talk at Portland’s Ori Gallery, and related events will allow community members to meet with and ask questions of several local and visiting project participants.
This exhibition features stories of LGBTQ individuals from Pakistan, Uganda, Russia, Congo, Malaysia, Cameroon, Iran, Tanzania, Syria, and Bangladesh, who live in western cities like Copenhagen, Paris, Portland, San Francisco, and New York. Worlds Apart | Worlds Reframed aims to bring diverse communities together through the power of art and storytelling, while addressing how the dynamics of homophobia, racism, privilege, and power factor into displacement. Perhaps once we know ourselves and each other better, it will be harder to deny or limit the humanity of others—a crucial first step toward living in peace.
Worlds Apart | Worlds Reframed is funded in part by The Regional Arts & Culture Council, Pride Foundation, Eyes! On Broadway, Dharma Rain Zen Center, Kurt Beadell, Julie McMurchie, and Anonymous
- Sunday, September 2, 2018 Show more dates
- All Day Event
- FWJ Sylwester Library (Portland)